Essays

Here you can find essays and other writings by Naomi Benaron.

Fiction and Social Responsibility: Where Do They Intersect?

Social justice infuses nearly all my fiction, whether directly or indirectly, and I cannot imagine what shape my stories would take if they did not in some manner address this. Issues concerning social justice are most often what first move me to put pen to paper, even if the threads of the injustice are woven into a seemingly unrelated arc. Read full essay »

The Genesis of Running the Rift

I have been writing since before I could write. Before I understood the power of the pencil and dragged my mother into every store we passed to beg for one, I made up stories and plays and performed them for an audience of stuffed animals and Claribel, my clown. I made my mother change the endings of songs that didn't suit me and sing them in rhyme. Read full essay »

Naomi Benaron Blogs on Craft and Writing Topics

Naomi Benaron is the fiction writer for Her Circle Ezine/The Writer's Life. You can read her essays here >>